Saturday, March 17, 2012

"The Offering"

Back in November I posted the earlier stages of this work and the problems I was having with wood shrinkage and its resultant cracks.
The problem was never entirely resolved. I managed to do repair work but the scars could not be completely hidden. But I decided to finish the piece anyway.

If you look closely at the knees  you can see the repaired cracks. 
This view shows the bowl's interior. I might make similar bowl in the future.

Side view.

I discussed this work with a couple of local galleries. As a saleable item in the popular market the cracks detract from the piece's value. But as an object d' Art the cracks add to the aesthetic. Interesting, - hmm? In the event I've wrapped it up to preserve it because, for all its faults, I like it.

Friday, January 27, 2012

CATHEDRA Completed

Its been a long time in the making but this piece is completed at last. The box is edged with gold leaf and stands some 33 inches (83 cm) tall.

Here is a detail showing the figure sat upon the Cathedra, or throne. It is robed but not in the style of any particular religion. The torso hints at a female figure while the head is of neither gender. It is what you make of it. It is simply a figure occupying some ecclesiastical furniture.The pointed arches in the background suggest English perpendicular architecture.

A three-quarter sideways look at  the piece on the studio wall to give some idea how it appears in the round. The enthroned figure to one side is the clay maquette sat on a cardboard mock-up of the throne which was the model for the finished piece.